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That Was Bitter!

That Was Bitter!  - Honey bee cleans tongue

I am finding that I enjoy taking photos of the bees in the front yard.  They don’t mind me being there and they are great subjects.  This little guy was hanging on to the lavender with just his hind legs while cleaning his tongue.


10 responses

  1. They sure do make some pretty cool subjects… and you’ve captured a real nice shot here against that darker backdrop… I’ve been chasing a hoverfly round the garden for a while now, trying to catch him actually in flight, but as soon as I get near him with my macro, he flits off somewhere else… So they’re annoying too… lol…

    April 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    • Does he return to the same spots? I am learning to setup for a background and wait. Bees at least, tend to return within a reasonable amount of time.

      This technique is even more necessary with the more agressive ones. I have a few that are still on the card that looked promising on the viewfinder.

      April 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm

      • Nah, I was actually trying to photograph him MID flight, rather than on anything, and they hover quite nicely in one spot until you point a lens at them… then “zip”.. They’re off.. lol…

        April 29, 2010 at 8:15 am

      • I actually meant, if you setup where he was flying at one point, would he return there in flight. I have been successful doing this with bees. They tend to hover in the same spots over and over again. The camera scares them off, then they come back after setup. I would imagine a larger lens helps even more.

        April 29, 2010 at 8:38 am

  2. Really cute. It’s great that you were able to take a photograph of this little guy. I’ve tried before and I can never get a great shot. 🙂

    April 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    • I take these with my 28-135mm lens. I set it at 135 and set the focus on macro & manual, as far down as it goes. (I don’t have a macro lens). Then it’s all about moving the camera back and forth to the sweet spot. Then just dead-center the bee while its on a flower then wait for it to move & shoot high speed.

      April 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

  3. that is some bee!! tx for finding me… i’m looking forward to exploring your beautiful blog. there is some great stuff here!!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    • Welcome, Jewel and thank you! Likewise, great stuff on your site as well!

      April 28, 2010 at 8:54 am

  4. The Grange

    Know what to do when its bitter? Love it.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:00 am

    • Very true Jeff, very true. 🙂

      April 28, 2010 at 8:54 am

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